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Look into China along the river

10-02-2010 14:22 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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What did China look like 900 years ago? It was in the most glorious period of the Song Dynasty.

Zhang Zeduan, an extraordinary artist at that time, captured the daily life of people in the capital and made it eternal in his scroll painting, "Along the River During the Qingming Festival."

What you see here is the legendary painting "Along the River During the Qingming Festival," but this is an animated version and dozens of times bigger.

On this screen, with its height of 6-and-a-half meters and width of 128 meters, more vivid details make this piece come alive with the festive spirit and worldly commotion. 691 people are shown in the day scenes, while 377 people in the night scenes. It offers glimpses of period clothing, architecture and the ancient capital kaifeng's busy daily life.

The original piece was painted in hand scroll format and was constructed with the shifting perspective. It's famous for its geometrically accurate images of 81 humans, 28 boats, 60 animals, 30 buildings, 20 vehicles, 9 sedan chairs, and 170 trees all in one 5-meter long painting.

The countryside and the densely populated city are the two main sections in the picture, with the river meandering through its entire length. The busy transportation and business activities function to connect the whole city.

The division of activities in different parts of city, the alluring business opportunities waiting for all from the world, and the unique appearance of each person, all make this ancient land a city with life, a city of intelligence.

A once great city now lies in the ground. The other thriving better city is now being built. "Better city, better life", connects history with today.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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